Neck Pain Exercises-treat your own neck pain by using the best neck exercises and learn which are the worst for your neck.

Great Feedback from a Neck Pain sufferer

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Its great to get feedback from time to time. Here is some feedback from a person who suffered from not only chronic neck pain but also severe hedaches. He did the exercises from my site and has now bought the DVD and he even bought the pillow that is recommended on my site. If  you suffer from headaches or neck pain look through the site, it is packed with information on how to help your neck pain, how to fix your disc bulges and pinched nerves and shows you how to fix your causes of your neck pain. If you would like to know even more then feel free to get my DVD, it comes with a 65 page free ebook packed full of all the information you are ever likely to need.
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Muscle Knots- causes and how to fix them.

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You should know that the major cause of neck pain is you. If you do not then i suggest you read the links at the bottom of the page. However, a great adjunct to reinforcing your posture is to join an alexander technique class. This will help you learn better body mechanics so that your posture becomes more ingrained into your psyche. We teach this at our spa and people absolutely love it. If you slouch then YOU WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE PAIN. Many of us suffer from knots in our upper backs and between our shoulder blades. These are very tight areas of muscle wich are otherwise known as trigger points. I will write more about trigger points and their referral patterns in future posts but for now i just wanted to share with you one of the best ways to help them.

Firstly, these knots or trigger points do not like stress, both emotional and physical. Obviously, it very difficult to remove our emotional stresses quickly and easily. Yes, you can do courses or seek counselling if you want to but this will be more of a long term solution to your knots and emotional wellbeing which is great but that is not going to get rid of your knots right now.

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McKenzie Neck Exercises

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Here are how to do the McKenzie neck exercises correctly. They are by far the best exercises to do for the majority of neck pain for a couple of very good reasons.

The first reason is that they are designed to put extension forces onto the lower cervical vertebrae which is exactly what you should be doing (but  more of that later).

The one thing that i would like to add is that these are very good exercises but they are simply that, exercises. They must be used in conjunction with good postural habits, that is sitting and standing ‘tall’.

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Neck Exercises for disc bulges and pinched nerves.

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The forward head posture

The number one cause of  neck pain and disc bulges is the forward head posture. Your head weighs 8-10 lbs and when you sit and stand poorly you put enormous stresses on your neck structures( muscles, discs, tendons and capsules). In fact, if you sit and stand in correct posture your head should be sitting on top of your shoulders very much like a golf ball sits on top of a tee.

However, when you start to sit forward( ie slouchat the computer) you then require your muscles,  tendons and other parts of your back and neck to ‘hold you up ‘against gravity. This is not only fatigues your muscles  but also produces pain. This is why the mayo clinic states that ‘prolonged forward head posture leads to long term muscle strains, disc herniations and pinched nerves’.

This is also why getting treatments or doing stretches or taking pain killers or even having surgery is ridiculous if you dont remove the major cause to your neck pain.

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How to fix your neck pain without going broke in the process

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Neckache is commonly misunderstood. I will show you just how easy it is to fix neck ache without having to get numerous treatments, without hours of stretching and without pain killers or surgery.

I am also going to show you why getting treatments or doing exercises for your neck ache is generally a fruitless pursuit. You can seek out the purported best neck exercises but none of these will give you anything more than temporary relief at best.I am going to  explain to you why you have been suffering from either  recurrent bouts of pain or constant pain and what you must do to become pain free permanently. This is not something magical, it has nothing to do with gimmicks or gadgets, it is simply about physics, the laws of gravity and your body mechanics. This is the answer to removing your neck ache. It is simple and straighforward and will make perfect common sense to you.

Firstly: No amount of Treatments,  anti-inflammatories, exercises for your neck ache, yoga classes, Pilates, TENS, Ultrasound, osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Massages or stretches will ever keep your neck pain free permanently if you do not remove the causes.

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3 Great ways to treat Tension Headaches

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Here are 3 ways to help treat those dreaded tension headaches.

It might sound paradoxical at first, but this is very effective in relieving tension headache.

Try to soak your feet in hot water to get relief from tension headache. By drawing blood to your feet, the hot-water foot bath will help in easing pressure on the blood vessels in the head. Pressure on the blood vessels in the head following a contraction of the muscles in the head and neck is the primary reason for tension headache, and this technique, without medication, might do just that – ease the pressure on the blood vessels.

If you cannot find hot water for soaking your feet, you might use a hot compress on your forehead or at the back of your neck. Since the contraction of muscles causes headache, this hot compress might help in relaxing the contracted muscles and provide instant relief to you from the tension headache.

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Tiger balm-Here is how you can make your own.

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Tiger balm is one of those wonderful things that everyone should have in their cupboards. It can be great to use on aches and pains. However, have you ever thought of making your own?

Here is how:

(Tiger balm was created by the herbalist Aw Chu Kin in Rangoon, Burma. Just before he died he asked his 2 sons to perfect his recipe and so they did, selling it with the name tiger balm (tigers are very much a sign of strength and vitality in these parts). It works by dilating the blood vessels which bring blood closer to the skin surface and creates a warm sensation. It also has a local analgesic effect to decrease pain.)

Firstly, you will need to find these essential oils(organic if possible):

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A tip for neck pain relief-check your hands.

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Here’s  an easy way to give you relief from your neck pain and also back pain. If you are sitting at a computer you should be sitting with good posture, in other words not slouching. As i have said before, look AT your computer not INTO it. Correct your posture and your pains will ‘magically’ disappear. So, how about those hands of yours?

If you get neck pain at the computer i can absolutely bet that you are slouching and one of the best ways to counteract this is to check if your hands are above or beyond your knees when you are at the computer. Your hands should  before your knees  if your posture is correct. If you are slouching, your arms are reaching forward and your hands are going to be beyond your knees.

 

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The major cause of neck pain- why you are suffering right now.

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Look at the weight and strain on the neck structures-thats why treatments nor exercises will make you pain free permanently

What is the major reason that exercises for neck pain do not remove your neck pain permanently? Why does massage, chiropractic, Yoga, acupuncture help you only temporarily? Why do you wake up suddenly with neck pain and cant turn your head?

Look no further than your foward head posture.

When you sit poorly and stand poorly you create stresses so great for your neck that it is virtually  impossible for you not to suffer from neck and upper back pain. Every inch your head travels forward of the central position creates and extra 10lbs of weight on your neck structures. This means that if you are sitting here reading this without sitting upright( think-if you were to drop a rock from your chin would it drop onto your chest or onto the floor?) you are probably putting anywhere between 20-40lbs of strain onto your neck.

 

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